Episode 4857

Radio Times
Review by:
David Brown

You have to wonder what kind of dark places Adam Woodyatt has been going to in his head of late. His performance as a grieving Ian has been raw and – let’s face it – necessarily prolonged. For episode after episode, he’s had to shed tears, to the point where he must now be a desiccated husk.

Here, the delivery of Lucy’s funeral outfit becomes too much for the bereaved dad and he flees to Birmingham in search of Jane. Amid the anguish, there is, however, a treat for long-term viewers: the return of fan favourite Christian Clarke (John Partridge), who lends support to both his sister and Ian.

About this programme

Things get too much for Ian while making the final preparations for the funeral and he flees Walford, searching for Jane at Christian's flat in Birmingham. On his return to Albert Square, the grieving father unwittingly puts Max in an awkward position when he turns to him for comfort. Mick is desperate to put things right between Shirley and Dean, and is surprised when Stan offers to help. However, the landlord soon has other things to worry about after a comment from Tina sets him thinking about his childhood again, while Linda is surprised to discover what Johnny has been getting up to online. Carol is unsure whether she should have a hen party during a time of mourning in the Square.

Cast and crew


Shirley Carter
Linda Henry
Phil Mitchell
Steve McFadden
Dean Wicks
Matt Di Angelo
Mick Carter
Danny Dyer
Linda Carter
Kellie Bright
Tina Carter
Luisa Bradshaw-White
Stan Carter
Timothy West
Nancy Carter
Maddy Hill
Johnny Carter
Sam Strike
Whitney Dean
Shona McGarty
Liam Butcher
James Forde
Bianca Butcher
Patsy Palmer
Sonia Fowler
Natalie Cassidy
Carol Jackson
Lindsey Coulson
David Wicks
Michael French
Sharon Rickman
Letitia Dean
Nikki Spraggan
Rachel Wilde
Patrick Trueman
Rudolph Walker
Denise Fox
Diane Parish
Peter Beale
Ben Hardy
Ian Beale
Adam Woodyatt
DC Emma Summerhayes
Anna Acton
Max Branning
Jake Wood
Lauren Branning
Jacqueline Jossa
Roxy Mitchell
Rita Simons
Les Coker
Roger Sloman
Alfie Moon
Shane Richie
Billy Mitchell
Perry Fenwick
Lola Pearce
Danielle Harold
Dexter Hartman
Khali Best
Jay Brown
Jamie Borthwick
Abi Branning
Lorna Fitzgerald
Tamwar Masood
Himesh Patel
Shabnam Masood
Rakhee Thakrar
Masood Ahmed
Nitin Ganatra
Jane Beale
Laurie Brett
Christian Clarke
John Partridge
Bobby Beale
Rory Stroud
DS Holt
Shaun Prendergast
Cindy Williams
Mimi Keene
Tim Stevens
Joe Claflin


John Greening
Executive Producer
Dominic Treadwell-Collins
Jaden Clark